Dean W. Joelson, M.D.

Dean Joelson grew up in Atlanta, attending high school at Pace Academy before departing for Yale University in 1993.

.  Upon graduation from Yale, Dean came back to Atlanta where he matriculated at Emory University School of Medicine.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society in 2001.  Deciding that he would once again try his hand at living in a different part of the country, Dean did his residency in San Francisco at the University of California San Francisco.  Following his final year as a Surgical Pathology Fellow and Chief Resident, Dean returned to Atlanta in 2006, and he has been working at Piedmont Healthcare since.  Dean is board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; he is a member of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG), and the Georgia Association of Pathology (GAP), where served as President from 2020 to 2022.

Dean’s primary area of interest in anatomic pathology is gastrointestinal pathology, with a special focus on liver and liver transplantation pathology.  He is the Medical Director of the laboratory at Piedmont Fayette Hospital and also Medical Director of Piedmont Healthcare’s Patient Blood Management Program.  He is particularly passionate about the topics of test and blood utilization, and about how pathologists can provide maximum value to their patients, physicians, and healthcare systems.

Outside of the hospital, Dean enjoys spending time with his wife and their three children.  In recent years Dean has adopted the hobby of conifer gardening, and his collection now includes over 140 different kinds of coniferous plants.  He reminds everyone that only some cones are “pine” cones.  Others are fir cones, spruce cones, hemlock cones, cypress cones, cedar cones, etc., etc.  Dean will be happy to delight you with additional flavors of cones if you make the mistak- if you happen to engage him on the topic.


Dr. Joelson’s C.V. can be found here: Dean W. Joelson Curriculum Vitae